BORN AGAIN PHILATALIST
Now, retired, I'm just another "Born again" collector, like many schoolboys of the 40's-50's, I had my stamp collection. British Commonwealth, sets, mint and used, from Approvals. Hormones then insisted that I sold my album to give the"Girl of my dreams" her heart's desire!!! ( Same with my Hornby 00 railway)
Born, 21 April, 1936 to Ken and 'Bobby' New, in Devonport Hospital, I returned to Saltash, Cornwall, where I lived until I was sent away to school. Living next to a major dockyard and a major bridge across the RiverTamar, we saw and heard plenty of air-raids by Nazi Germany.
♬ School days, school days, dear old golden school days,.......
My family thought I should be well educated and at the age of ten sent me to Norwood School, where Cricket, Rugby and Boxing were an important part of the curriculum along with Latin, French, Scripture + the three 'R's
I next studied at Kelly College. Not only was the prime emphasis on the three R's, we had Cadets, Rugby, Cricket, tennis, swimming, track & field, field hockey, (All compulsary) Rugby Fives, ( kind of handball) as Sports, with wood & metal shop, Art, Music, Phys Ed, Life Saving as electives.